The best rugged cases for your iPhone 5s or iPhone 5

If you keep dropping your iPhone from time to time, or work in extreme environment conditions where your iPhone could be exposed to dust, water or shock, then a rugged iPhone case can prove to be a good investment. Here’s a list of the best rugged cases for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5.

Otterbox Defender

Otterbox is known for its rugged cases, and the Defender has an outer casing that absorbs shocks, and an inner foam layer to cushion the device. The Defender also includes a holster clip that also doubles up as a kickstand. You can buy the Otterbox Defender for $50 from Amazon.

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Otterbox Preserver

If you work in environments where in addition to protection against drops, your iPhone also needs to be protected against water, then the Otterbox Preserver is a good waterproof case. It is available for $80 on Amazon and comes in 4 colors.

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LifeProof Fre

LifeProof Fre is a rugged case that makes your iPhone water proof, dust proof, snow proof, and drop proof. It also comes with a scratch protector to prevent your screen from getting scratched. You can buy the LifeProof Fre from Amazon for $79.99, and choose from 10 color options.

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LifeProof Nuud

The Nuud is another LifeProof case that is waterproof, but it shields your iPhone without covering the device’s touchscreen. It does so by using integrated gaskets that form a waterproof seal around the edge of the touchscreen. You can buy the Nuud for $89 on Amazon.

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The SLXTREME has all the features in the cases above, but in addition to being waterproof, dust proof, it also with an inbuilt 2,550 mAh battery backup that is solar-powered. The case is available for $149 on Amazon.


Case Mate Tough Xtreme

The Tough Xtreme is Case Mate’s rugged iPhone 5s/5 case that comes with military-grade protection, 3 layers of protection and a screen protector. It comes in four colors and is available for $25 from this link.

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Ballistic Hard Core

The Ballistic Hard Core adds extra protection to your iPhone’s corners to protect it against the impact from drops up to 12 feet, it comes with a screen protector and a belt clip. You can buy the Hard Core for $59 from here.

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Ballistic Hydra

The Ballistic Hydra lets you submerge your iPhone up to 7 ft, for up to 30 minutes, protect it against drops up to 7 feet and has a polycarbonate screen protector. It isavailable for $79 from here.

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Do you use a rugged case for your iPhone 5s or iPhone 5? If so, we would love to know which one is it, and the reason why is it your favorite.

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